UKATA is an organisation which aims to serve its members. Council and various committees oversee and perform specific tasks in order to manage specific areas of governance.
The committees are groups consisting of UKATA members who may have a particular expertise or interest in the committee they represent. They come up with ideas, policies and procedures, and working together with Council, they aim to promote best practice within UKATA.
In addition, the TA Trainers Network represents an inclusive group of TA trainers, who actively discuss all aspects of training practice. Assesses accreditation and programmes of study leading to qualifications in TA practice (Psychotherapy, Counselling, Organisations and Education).
At present, UKATA has the following committees:
Member Services Committee incorporating the PR & Marketing Committee communicates between UKATA and its members informing them of UKATA activities in the wider professional community and also to the general public. Maintains UKATA membership benefits and works to introduce new benefits to members.
Jan Baker – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian Argent – email@example.com
Helen Davies, Nicky Worral, Carol Wain, Enid Welford
The EPPC has responsibility for monitoring professional practice to ensure high standards of ethics and competence are maintained at all levels in the profession in line with the UKATA code of ethics.
Conference Committee organises the annual National TA Conference in the UK.
Susan Arslan firstname.lastname@example.org
Vacant – Hulya Hooker
Peter Golder, Cari Bishop Jones, Elizabeth Bradshaw, Elizabeth Heatley, Maria St Hilaire, Sylva Jolliffe
The role of the DSR Committee is to raise awareness, create dialogues and monitor policies on fairness of opportunities and social responsibility within UKATA.
Our aims fall into three categories:
1. The practical or administrative
2. The professional requirements and recommendations for good practice
3. The psychological impact we wish to have, which is to offer a significant contribution to a culture that honors diversity and social responsibility in UKATA.
What follows is further clarification in these three areas:
At the Administrative Level we aim to:
· Collect data about our membership and monitor fairness of opportunities about access to training, services and attaining qualifications
· Monitor UKATA membership’s access to Fairness of Opportunity and inform Council of the results
· Keep up to date with National & European law and use this information to keep policies relevant
· Keep current with UKCP policy and practice
· Liaise with UKATA admin and get feedback on data on membership and make recommendations.
· Liaise with TASC concerning fairness of opportunity with RTEs. This can account for access to training as well as progressing with qualifications.
· Keep up to date with relevant National and European law and use this information to keep policies up to date and relevant.
At the Professional Level we aim to:
· Draft a reading list with notes on race, ethnicity, culture, disability, neurodiversity, gender, age, sexual orientation for members and service users
· Provide materials which outline ethical and legal responsibilities of practitioners
· Establish best practice through conferences, meetings and publications
· Establish new guidelines for practice and training.
· Promote best practices through conferences, meetings and publications.
· Offer guidelines for practice and training
· Maintain a regular column in the Transactional Analysis magazine
· Keep up awareness of the relevance of context by discussing social and political events in regular meetings and reporting back to council and membership.
At the Psychological Level we aim to:
· Encourage dialogue on themes of diversity and social responsibility to boost confidence and enthusiasm in our community
· Promote awareness and reflection in order to invite consciousness of anti-oppressive practice
· Attend to our process as a committee to model our aspiration of democracy and plurality
· Promote awareness and encourage reflection on these themes in order to invite greater consciousness of power dynamics
Cari Bishop Jones
DSR Disability Consultant – Cari was a residential and day social worker in both the United Kingdom and the Netherlands before becoming a counsellor and psychotherapist. She currently lives in South Wales where she works as the lead therapist and Person Centred supervisor in a community interest company that offers wellbeing provisions.
Her professional interests lie in the numerous range of disabilities and neurodiversity, in particular unseen disabilities and power dynamics. She was a full member of the DSR committee for 6 years and has taken a step back and now offers advice and support to both the DSR committee and all UKATA members on a disability matters including access issues for students, practitioners and training establishments.
Elizabeth originally trained as a primary teacher and taught for two years before working for 15 years in the civil service. She then returned to education, following the birth of her two children, pursuing her passion for Children and Young People’s well-being, completing an MBA in Educational Leadership (International) with UCL in 2009.
Well-being has been Elizabeth’s passion and she spent years working with the Samaritans and Cornerstone.
A keen supporter of outdoor education, Elizabeth introduced “Forest School” education, led groups of children and young people in outdoor residential activities and trained as a football referee and cricket coach.
Whilst in education, Elizabeth worked with Nursery children and both Key Stages of primary education. She also facilitated Student Voice conferences for children and young people from primary and secondary schools, exploring well-being issues.
She lives in East Sussex and began her training with Wealden College in 2014. Elizabeth completed a Diploma in Trauma Therapy in December 2017 and a Diploma in TA Practice in 2018.
She currently volunteers as a counsellor with East Sussex N.H. Perinatal Mental Health Team working with parents who have experienced a traumatic birth.
Her role within the committee is to focus on is to examine how diversity is reflected in UKATA’s membership.
Sylva spent over 20 years working in the financial services industry where she first encountered TA as a coach. She began her TA career with a 101 course in 2007, and became PTSTA in 2019.
She spent some time volunteering at Childline and a small local charity supporting vulnerable adults before setting up in private practice. She is passionate about making TA accessible to all and works with local organisations to promote TA in the community.
Sylva is based in Derbyshire, working as a therapist, supervisor and trainer.
Sylva’s responsibilities on the committee are:
Prior to training as a Counsellor and then a Psychotherapist Liza worked for over twenty years in social housing. She believes passionately in the principle of access to decent affordable housing for those marginalised or excluded from renting privately. Liza specialises in working with people who identify as Gender Diverse and runs training for Psychotherapists and Counsellors who are interested in working in this area.
She is based in Devon, working as a Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer both for the West of England Gender Identity Clinic and in private practice. Liza is a Core Tutor at the Link Centre.
Liza’s responsibilities on the committee include:
Maria St Hilaire
Whilst completing a psychology degree, Maria took up training as a TA counsellor, qualifying during the COVID pandemic in early 2020. During her counsellor training she volunteered for a charity named Third Age Counselling for three years seeing clients who were grappling with changes to life that older age can bring.
She is now a contractual trainee alongside developing a private practice where she sees a diverse range of clients across the country and in her consultation room.
Maria also currently works as a special educational needs team leader with students who have autism in a large secondary school in East Sussex where she lives.
She has a passion for supporting students with their studies and would like to extend this into the TA world in the future.
New to the Diversity and Social Responsibility Committee her role focuses on:
Dr Hulya Hooker
Hulya is a qualified Psychologist. She undertook her training at Wealden College for Advanced TA Clinical Psychotherapy training course and received her UKATA Counselling Diploma in 2019. She is currently working towards her CTA.
Hulya has spent over two decades working as a researcher in the UK after completing her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Psychology before deciding to train in Psychotherapy. She describes her TA training as a life changing experience. Hulya has been working with clients since 2017, first through volunteering for a local charity called Care for the Carers which she still volunteers for and now has a small private practice, Sense of Self Counselling.
Hulya has over 20 years of experience in policy-oriented social research, with a strong statistical background through her academic studies and practical experience of working with many large-scale datasets. Over the years she managed a wide range of research projects often including the areas of diversity, social inclusion and wellbeing. Since joining the Civil Service in 2009, she has been involved in research projects in different policy areas to provide a robust evidence base for current and future policy priorities.
Hulya is passionate about making a positive impact on the representation of the diverse communities both in terms of those providing the service and those receiving it within the counselling and psychotherapy field.
In her role at the Diversity and Social Responsibility Committee, Hulya alongside Peter Golder will be the first point of contact regarding diversity queries and comments from UKATA members and will be liaising with Council via the Operations Manager
Phone: 07784 065 790 (Personal); 07480 589 311 (Clinical)
Peter travelled the world as an onboard cabin crew manager for nearly 20 years, allowing him to develop a rich experience of social and cultural diversity.
After completing an Open University degree in Psychology, he volunteered as a listening volunteer with the Samaritans for 5 years, developing his awareness of mental health issues.
In his own private work and as a volunteer counsellor at a charity in Brighton called MindOut, Peter is passionate about supporting the LGBTQ community. His particular interest in his counselling work is centred around gender, sexual and relationship diversity.
In his current role as a civil servant, Peter has given short talks online to the Ministry of Justice about men’s mental health and the LGBTQ community.
His role within the committee:
Sue Brady – email@example.com
Beren Aldridge, Victoria Baskerville, John Paradise, John Renwick, Pietro Cardile
The TASC was set up to devise and monitor standards of Transactional Analysis training. Its main responsibility is to ensure all Transactional Analysis training delivered within UKATA meets high standards in terms of quality, fairness, and rigour throughout the UK.
In 2017 this committee took on the role of the Assessment and Accreditation committee and therefore monitor the UKATA Diploma
Research Committee supports members in applying research methods in their practice, making research material available to UKATA members
Antionette Buisman firstname.lastname@example.org
Celia Chambers, Nicky James, Rosalind Sharples, James Sweeney
Exams Committee organises and manages exams to for those working towards TA qualifications.
Rachel Curtis, Bev Gibbons, Julia Tolley, Jan Baker, Rebecca Davis.